Actually, it’s a combination of Obamacare and the immigration reform bill that has been introduced into Congress.
Under the terms of the immigration reform bill, nearly 11 million illegals will be granted a provisional legal status to live and work in the US. However, that legal status will mean that they will be considered to be the same as people classified as ‘not lawfully present’ under Obamacare.
The significance of this is that provisionally legal immigrants (still illegal in my book), are not required under Obamacare to obtain health insurance nor are they eligible for Obamacare tax credits. Employers who hire them will not be required to provide health benefits for them and the employers will not be penalized for not providing health coverage.
When you boil all of this down, employers will reap up to $3,000 in savings by hiring an illegal, oops, I mean a provisionally legal immigrant over hiring a US citizen and this is how it works:
“Employers who don't offer insurance face fines based on full-time staffing levels, regardless of whether the workers are immigrants or U.S. citizens. However, employers who offer insurance can face fines if the coverage costs workers more than 9.5 percent of their pay. If the insurance is too costly, the worker will become eligible for Obamacare.”
“The employer then would be charged by the government, up to $3,000 per full-time worker who receives Obamacare subsidies. But since legalized immigrants wouldn't be eligible for Obamacare, their employers would not be fined for hiring them and not subsidizing their insurance coverage.”
As an American citizen that has been out of work for any length of time, how would you feel if you knew that an employer hired a provisionally legal immigrant over you because it saved him money with Obamacare?
I would be irate! But once again we see where our liberal government extends more benefits to illegal immigrants than they do to American citizens. The combination of Obamacare and the immigration reform bill will only serve to make it harder for American citizens to find work and in some cases keep their jobs. Imagine competing with a new ‘legal’ workforce of several million people who will cost employers less to hire than you.
Let me put this in perspective: A company has 50 full time workers, all US citizens, working for them. The immigration reform bill passes and becomes law. The employer discovers that he could replace 20-30 of his workers with provisionally legal immigrants and thus save the company up to $60,000-$90,000 a year by not having to provide them with health coverage. In a struggling economy, that’s a sizable annual savings. The end result is another 20-30 Americans losing their jobs to Obama’s illegal aliens, and this probably won’t be the only company to take advantage of the situation either.
The immigration reform bill is a very dangerous piece of legislation that will only hurt the American people and economy. There is only one reason for the immigration reform bill and it is to secure 11 million Democratic voters. Think about it!